We experience stress when we are placed in a situation where we feel we may not meet a certain expectation or that we fear we may fail. For example extra pressure at work, dealing with difficult child behaviour etc and our resources to cope with the situation fall lacking.The extent of stress a person feels depends a great deal on their attitude to a particular situation. An event that may be extremely stressful for one person can be a mere hiccup in another person’s life. Some people thrive on stress and even need it to get things done.
The stress we are referring to is one that causes distress for a person and can place that person at risk of other mental and physical health problems such as anxiety, depression or heart disease.
Stress Signs or Symptoms
Stress affects us in many ways, some of the signs or symptoms include:
- Emotionally – anxiety, depression, tension, anger
- The way we think – poor concentration, forgetfulness, indecisiveness, apathy, hopelessness
- Behaviourally – increased drinking and smoking, insomnia, accident proneness, weight problems, nervousness.
Seeking professional psychological help to better how you respond and manage your stress can greatly improve your approach to life. For more information about stress visit the Better Health Channel website.
For counselling around better managing stress contact us on 43 623 443 or visit the contact page on our website.